YLS Is Only Two Days Away!

It’s the final countdown to our big event: Youth Leadership Seminar 2014 is only two days away!


Here at AMF we want to nurture the growth and development of all Tri-State youth. YLS helps develop students into influential leaders with a fun filled day at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Students walk in the door of Cintas as just students but by the end of the day they are empowered leaders. By hosting our annual YLS event, we are happy to know that these students walk away with such useful information and inspiration. Each school is left with a challenge at the end of the day that enables them to make a difference in their community!

Speakers: Each speaker will talk about what has sparked them to become a leader in their communities!

Crissy Lauderbach: Spark: encouragement.

Zakk Sharp:  Spark: inspiration.

Nick Jackson:  Spark: change.

Patrice Barnes: Spark: acceptance.

Jordan Edelheit: Spark: community.

Rachel Bucalo:  Spark: silence.

Breakout Sessions: During breakout sessions two schools will get paired together. The idea of the breakout session is to get students interactive with other students from other schools and also use their leadership skills to come up with a service challenge project that they will execute after the Youth Leadership Seminar. This is part of our #AMFChallenge. The winners of this challenge can win up to $2,000!

Thank you to all the school that will be attending this year. We can’t wait to see you and make this event one to never forget!

Aiken High School
Amelia High School
Anderson High School
Archbishop Alter High School
Augusta High School
Badin High School

Batavia High School
Bellbrook High School
Bellevue High School
Bethel-Tate High School
Blanchester High School
Boone County High School
Bracken County High School
Butler High School

Carlisle High School
Carroll High School
Cedarville High School
Cincinnati Country Day
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
Clark Montessori
Clermont Northeastern High School
Clinton-Massie High School
Colerain High School
Community Christain Academy
Dater High School

Deer Park High School
Diamond Oaks Career Center
East Clinton High School
Easten Brown High School
Edgewood High School
Elder High School
Fairborn High School
Fairfield High School
Felicity-Franklin High School
Finneytown High School
Franklin High School
Gallatin County High School
Glen Este High School
Goshen High School
Grant Career Center
Great Oaks Harrison High School
Greeneview High School
Hamilton High School
Harrison High School
Hillsboro Christian High School
Hughes STEM
Indian Hill High School
Kettering Fairmont High School
Kings High School
Lakota East High School
Lakota West High School

Little Miami High School
Lockland High School
Loveland High School
Ludlow High School
Madeira High School
Madison High School
Mason High School
Middletown High School
Moeller High School
Monroe High School
Mother of Mercy High School
Mount Notre Dame High School
Mt. Healthy High School
New Miami High School
New Richmond High School
Newport Central Catholic High School
North College Hill High School
Northwest High School
Norwood High School
Notre Dame Academy
Oak Hills High School
Oakwood High School

Oyler High School
Pendleton County High School
Princeton High School

Purcell Marian High School
Reading High School
Ripley Union High School
Ross High School
Seton High School
Seven Hills High School
South Dearborn High School
Southeastern High School
Southern Hills Career Center
St. Bernard High School
St. Henry District High School
Switzerland County High School
Sycamore High School
Taft High School
Talawanda High School
Taylor High School
Turpin High School
Villa Madonna Academy
Waynesville High School
West Carrollton High School
Western Brown High School
Western Hills High School
Winton Woods High School
Woodward High School

FullSizeRender (2)Can’t attend?! Follow the event on twitter via #sparkcincy or view live stream by going to livestream.com/munozfoundation!

Caroline Wydysh

Events Intern


What Sparks You?!

Our Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) is quickly approaching and The Anthony Muñoz Foundation could not be more excited! Since this year’s theme is Spark we are asking the question, “What sparks you”?  What motivates you and what are you passionate about within the community. Here at AMF a lot of things give us that spark to keep us going!

Let’s take a look and see what motivates our staff!

“At The Anthony Muñoz Foundation, we strive to empower all the students of the Tri-State area and develop them into the leaders they want to be”! – Anthony Muñoz

Our Spark

These groups continue to spark us everyday!

The volunteers help us make these events so successful and full of learning experiences.

The students, without you these events would not be happening and we would not feel complete without teaching you these lessons.

The teachers give us their time and their students so that we can give them these opportunity’s.

and lastly but not least

The community inspires us to make an impact for eternity!

AMF challenges you to go out into your community and make a difference; you’ll be surprised at how much of an influence and change you can make! Please share with us what “sparks” you, by commenting on this blog. We can’t wait to here all the wonderful things you have to say!

Caroline Wydysh

Events Intern


High Schools Inspiring Community Involvement: Part 2

Last week, we highlighted 5 schools who have taken their leadership skills beyond the classroom and into their community! Now we bring you 5 more who have been dedicated to attending our Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) for almost a decade!

Hamilton High School: 9 Years

 For the students at Hamilton High School, they can’t seem to get enough of our Youth Leadership Seminar! This will be their 9th year with us at YLS! Their 2012 Anti-Bullying campaign led to some serious community involvement earning them the 2012 National School District of Character Award from the Character Education Partnership! We love seeing students and schools being recognized by their community. We cannot wait to see HHS again this year!


Harrison High School: 9 Years

It’s no big secret that AMF has worked pretty closely with Harrison High School students, especially since former Harrison HS graduate, Sean Witzgall is currently interning at AMF! Their most recent service challenge project was their Project Inspired campaign which got students involved in activities to uplift! Harrison High School has been participating at YLS for the past 9 years, and we are excited to say they have registered for their 10th year!

See what Sean had to say about YLS here!

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Ross High School: 9 Years

It is 9 years and counting for the Ross High School Rams! Their most recent event was in 2013 which was the creation of a 5K Run in honor of a young student who passed away. They received great support from the community with over 400 participants and raised over $13,000 for juvenile diabetes.

High five, Ross Rams!


St. Henry District High School: 7 Years

There’s nothing better than community involvement and the holiday season. SHDHS, who have been at YLS for 7 years now, got the joy of experiencing just that! Their involvement at YLS lead to a SCP called “‘Crusaders’ Kicks for Kids” that helped collect sporting shoes for inner city children and included a visit from Santa Claus as well! Keep it up, crusaders!


Talawanda High School: 8 Years

Nothing stops Talawanda High School from being involved with YLS.  For their 8th consecutive year at YLS, Talawanda High School created a Service Challenge Project that led to their “Plug into Kindness” campaign, which took place January 2014. The campaign was a huge success! We can’t wait to see what THS “Sparks” at this year’s YLS!

Check out how THS “Plugged into Kindness” here!


A huge round of applause to all our 10 dedicated schools and all the hard work that they continually put into creating a brighter future for their school and community! It inspires AMF to see the positive contributions that all the students put in on a daily basis. Every day is an opportunity to make a difference in the world, and these are some truly great examples! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our Youth Leadership Seminar to see what “Sparks” them! These are some great examples of Service Challenge Projects, and hopefully you’re brewing up some ideas as well! Interested in learning about the other Service Challenge Projects after YLS? Just follow the hashtag #AMFChallenge! It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

Kristen Ludwig

Programs Intern

#SparkCincy #AMFChallenge

High Schools Inspiring Community Involvement: Part 1

Our Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) has inspired many Tri-State schools to go out into their community and make a difference one Service Challenge Project (SCP) at a time. Below are the 5 schools who are not only dedicated to YLS, but making an impact in their community as well!  Let’s put the spotlight on some of the schools for how many years they’ve been to the event!

Aiken High School: 9 Years

AMF is proud to be able to see firsthand the positive impact Aiken High School has undoubtedly made in their community. Counselor, Sandi Horine, and her YLS group have been outstanding with their past SCP, including one completed this past February which focused on raising awareness against local gun violence.

Read more about it here!


Amelia High School: 9 Years 

Amelia has proven loyal to their school’s commitment to have students “stretch their learning to show what they can do as they become more responsible world citizens.” (AEP Vision Statement)  What we can say is that they are definitely on the right track, especially with service challenge projects like 2012’s canned food drive which collected over 4,000 non-perishable food items, and 2013’s Amelia Ambassadors Program!


Anderson High School: 9 Years

Needless to say, YLS would be nothing without all the great faculty leading students. Anderson High School’s Pat Thatcher is just one example of an exceptional, motivated YLS moderator. She’s lead the way in helping her students inspire their community with projects like a donkey basketball fundraiser and the school-wide Christmas present drive.


Bracken County High School: 8 Years

Winners of the 2012 Service Challenge Project, Bracken High School is an outstanding example of what it means to spark a passion in your community. Their “No Text on Board-It Can Wait!” campaign educated many throughout their community about the dangers of distracted driving. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your school normally does, if you have a great idea and a few friends to help you, you can do it no matter what.” –BHS Student

Check out their winning Service Challenge Project here!

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Franklin High School:  6 Years

Franklin High School was the 2012 runner-up for the SCP, opening a library for Kindergarten students whose library’s funding was cut. This is a great example for younger students as it shows great leadership skills within the community!

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These are just a few of our most active YLS schools! Make sure you tune in next week to see more schools under the spotlight!

Jemannie Luong

Experience Intern


Don’t miss out on Youth Leadership Seminar 2014!

As you know, Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) 2014 is approaching quickly and we can’t wait!

YLS is an event where over 1,300 students from high schools across the Tri-State join us at Xavier University’s Cintas Center for a day of leadership development. By coming to YLS, you are exposed to student involvement, you have a sense of outreach to community and excitement for leadership. YLS helps students to develop into successful young men and women. You don’t want to miss your chance to make that happen.

Here are some reasons why you should come join us this year at YLS 2014:

1. Last year was such a success, make this one even better!

YLS 2013 was our biggest Youth Leadership Seminar yet. Young men and women learn so much from this great event and it puts them in a position to really succeed. It’s a fun filled day with amazing speakers that will give you insight that will last you a lifetime. Last year we were trending throughout Cincinnati with hash-tags like #AMFchallenge and #PluggedIn2013. At YLS Chick-fil-A sponsors us and provides the lunch. We had the largest chicken dance along with cow selfies last year!


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2. More Speakers!

This year we will be adding something new to the mix at YLS. Instead of having one speaker in the morning and two in the afternoon, we will be bringing in 6 TedxCincinnati speakers in the afternoon. TEDx is a series of speakers who talk about all kinds of different topics. Check out a quick video of a TEDx talk here. Some speakers are motivational speakers, some talk about issues they have had themselves in life and about other topics that are important to us as listeners. You won’t want to miss this!

3. Experience of a Lifetime

YLS really teaches students the importance of being a leader and taking control. The students that attend this event are left with a service challenge at the end of the day. They are challenged to go out into their community and do something to either inspire people or help others. Last year 30 schools executed service projects helping thousands in the Tri-State area. While learning the importance of being a leader, you get to meet other student leaders while rocking out to KJ-52 and bonding with other students around you. 

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4. Special Bonus

At YLS there is a special bonus that students love! We give away swag bags that include coupons and other little things that you can use around the Cincinnati area.

Click here to see if your school is registered! It’s a great opportunity and will be an experience you will never forget!

Hope to see you there!

Caroline Wydysh

Events Intern


What It’s Like From the Other Side

Transformation from a high school student at Youth Leadership Seminar to an Anthony Muñoz Foundation intern

Rewind back to 2009, when Sean Witzgall was a student at Harrison High School. Sean was lucky enough to attend the Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) themed “G.E.T. M.A.D. Get Everyone To Make A Difference.” Well, after that seminar, he got so “mad” that he ended up becoming a great leader and role model for others. Fast forward to now, 2014, he is an intern at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation! Of course we wanted to know more, so we asked him a few questions:


1.What about YLS do you remember most?

   At YLS, there was a speaker named Matthew Kelly. He talked about making the best version of yourself and gave everyone a free book, which I still read to this day.

2. In 2009, the YLS theme was “G.E.T. M.A.D.- Get Everyone To Make A Difference” What did you “G.E.T. M.A.D.” about?

I got “M.A.D.” about applying my leadership skills in high school. I started an organized student section called “The Den.” The Den is a group that got more students to come to sporting events and had organized themes and cheers. It brought the spirit of the school together.

3. How does it feel to intern at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, especially since you attended YLS in 2009?

It’s pretty cool to have the connection. Now I am on the other side, and I can make a difference for these kids now.

4. This upcoming YLS’s theme is “Spark”. So what about the Anthony Muñoz Foundation sparks you?

At the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, it is always a positive environment, and creates a good place to make connections.

5. What would you tell others about YLS?

The impact that the seminar made can make you realize the importance of leadership. YLS hit home for me.

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6. How has your life changed since “G.E.T. M.A.D.?”

I became more of a leader, I take on greater challenges and pursue leadership. I changed my major to Organizational Leadership which I will be graduating with in December from Northern Kentucky University.

Without a doubt, Sean has gone on to become a leader in his community and high school. His experience led him on to having an enjoyable college experience and has allowed him to grow even more! Seeing how Sean has used his “Spark” to become a leader, we couldn’t be more excited to see all the leaders create their own spark at YLS this year! #SparkCincy



Sean is in the last row, 4th from the left.

Kristen Ludwig
Programs Intern